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 Volume 10, Issue 44
November 4, 2015
Attend the 2015 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Reception
Please join us as we honor  Senator Ron Wyden  with Generations United's 2015 Grandfamilies Champion Award on Dec. 3rd! Nationally-syndicated Washington Post columnist  Michelle Singletary  will also be on hand to receive our 2015 Media Award.  We will release our  2015 State of Grandfamilies Report which will highlight the top states providing supportive public policies for grandfamilies as well as the latest numbers 
related to kinship families .  Register today!
Meet Our New Senior Fellow!                
We're thrilled to have Nancy Henkin, founder and former executive director of the Intergenerational Center at Temple University. We look forward to tapping her expertise in areas of intergenerational programming, intergenerational community building and lifelong civic engagement. Learn more about Nancy, then see the resources she created. 
Best Intergenerational Communities Awards! - Deadline: Jan. 15  
There's no place like home - especially if you live in a community that offers opportunities for every generation. Sound like your community? Then  apply today for the 2016 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Generations  United.  No community is too big or too small.   Learn more, then download the application .
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Grand School                
After graduating "magna cum jobless,"our friend, Aaron Larsen, "felt like a complete and utter failure" until his grandparents taught him the real value of life. "I learned more from the 'Grand School' years than I would have ever learned in Grad School. " Aaron wrote. " I learned a lot about what true grit and courage is... [and how] to grow ourselves and others with love." Read Aaron's story.
A Child Welfare Leader's Desk Guide to Building a High-Performing Agency
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's new child welfare leader desk guide illustrates the ins and outs - and the necessity - of building a high-performing child welfare agency that supports children and families through community support. Virginia and Delaware show how they provided targeted services with community involvement. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new member, Intergenerational Schools International, and our renewing members, County of San DiegoSweet Reader and Visions, for their contributions You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Culture United
Kit's Wilderness
Thirteen-year-old Kit and his family have moved back to Stoneygate, an old coal-mining town, to be with his grandfather who is succumbing to Alzheimer's Disease.  Kit's Wilderness  examines the bonds of family from one generation to the next, and explores how meaning and beauty can be revealed from the depths of darkness. While in Stoneygate, Kit meets John Askew, another boy whose family has both worked and died in the mines.  As Kit's grandfather tells him stories of the mine's past and the history of the Watson family, Askew takes Kit into the mines, where the boys look to find the childhood ghosts of their long-gone ancestors. 

Do you know of any films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme?  Share them with us  and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
Grandparents University
This week's cool ideas is 
Grandparents University, a summer camp that brings grandparents and their grandkids together for three days of fun on the campus of a college. 

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to  #cooligideas ? You can also post them to our  Intergenerational   Connections   Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter!  Share the inspiration .   Learn more about Grandparents University .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
The Charles Bronfman Prize. The Charles Bronfman Prize awards $100,000 grant to an individual or team under the age of fifty who self identifies as Jewish and whose humanitarian work, combined with their Jewish values, has significantly improved the world.  Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015. Learn more

EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award up to $15,000 for each of 42 college student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches that address environmental challenges.  Deadline: Dec. 8, 2015.  Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
Intergenerational Solutions for Building Strong Communities Webinar Materials.  This recording shows how intentional, intergenerational solutions can improve outcomes for children, youth and older adults.  Learn more

The Resounding Resiliency of Grandfamilies: Financial Stories from Older Relatives Caring for Children in Lower-Income Communities. 
This report by Generations United and CFED , supported by Citi , highlights the financial strengths and challenges facing grandparents raising grandchildren in low-income communities. Learn more
Report Release
2015 State of Grandfamilies Report Release and Reception. Generations United. Washington, DC. Dec. 3, 2015. Learn more and register today!

International Youth Earth Summit. Montessori Model United Nations. New York, NY. Nov. 11-14, 2015. Learn more

Disparate Income, Wealth and Opportunity:  Implications for Social Insurance. National Academy of Social Insurance. Washington, DC. Jan. 27-28, 2016. Learn more

Educate. Ignite. Transform. National Youth Leadership Council. Minneapolis, MN. March 30 - April 2, 2016. Learn more
"Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current, no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away." ~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations from Marcia Ball's So Many Rivers

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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